Investigation finds New Mexico educators with deficient licenses

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) – A newspaper investigation has determined that several New Mexico educators and administrators have instructional licenses that they were unqualified for.

A 10-month probe by the Las Vegas Optic reports that seven people were given deficient licenses by the state education department’s Professional Licensure Bureau.

They include a Santa Fe principal and a Luna Community College administrator.

Public Education Department spokesman Robert McEntyre said Friday that six of the seven got licenses mistakenly and will likely be revoked. The department is still trying to verify the work experience of the seventh person.

McEntyre says most of the licenses were issued by former licensure bureau boss Charles Trujillo, who faces his own accusations of falsifying credentials to obtain school district work.

Trujillo was arrested last month on forgery and fraud charges.

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